A friend has been visiting from the US and we went walking around Île de la Cité and the Latin Quarter. I've been working so much that I've not had much of a chance to be a tourist here. I had an absolute blast walking around. What follows are some of the pictures from our walk. I really wish I had the money to live in this area rather than the outskirts, as this is the Paris I have dreamt of since I was 13. However, I can afford the two-bedrooms with a garden that I currently enjoy. It's a luxury few Parisians have.
The statue of Charlemagne in front of Notre Dame is a fantastic reminder of the history you can find here that you simply won't find in the US. After the fall of the Roman Empire, Charlemagne united France (the "Frankish" kingdom) and other areas as the first European emperor since the Roman collapse. This was in the late 700s, early 800s, well over a thousand years ago. Charlemagne united Western Europe and spread Christianity (by the sword, naturally) throughout.
|The statue of Charlemagne|
in front of Notre Dame.
|Notre Dame. Construction started in 1163. It|
allegedly houses Christ's crown of thorns.
|Crucifix inside Notre Dame|
|Many padlocks on bridges have names|
and dates, proclaiming a couple's love.
|A quiet alley in Paris.|
|A monument celebrating St. Julien le Pauvre|
|Your author at Shakespeare and Company, one|
of the most famous bookstores in the world.
|A beautiful street in|
the Latin Quarter.
|Don't look too closely at|
what's for dinner.
|Embarrassed to say that I have|
forgotten this fountain's name.
|Institut de France. L'Académie française|
is headquartered here.
|My friend having a blast outside the Louvre.|
|Paris: a mixture of old and new.|